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Boxer6

S3 glut?

Are S3's the new Golf R on the leasing scene? I seem to be seeing them everywhere recently, to the point they barely register any longer.

It was only seeing one in a rather hideous Yellow colour today that kind of brought the question to my mind really.
Blarno

It's still awash with Golf R's round here. All with farty upshift DSG boxes and driven by bellends.
Michael

Blarno wrote:
It's still awash with Golf R's round here. All with farty upshift DSG boxes and driven by bellends.


The more I hear about the Golf R, the more I think it's the car for me.
Martin

You're probably right.   I think it would be the almost perfect 3rd car for us, all it needs is the option of memory seats. I got as far as working out that if we paid off the outstanding finance on the Boxster, we could keep it and get a brand new R with the options I'd want for the same total cost per year. An M140i would work as well.
Roadsterstu

I've seen plenty of S3s as well. They pop even more than the Golf.
Andy C

Michael wrote:
Blarno wrote:
It's still awash with Golf R's round here. All with farty upshift DSG boxes and driven by bellends.


The more I hear about the Golf R, the more I think it's the car for me.


And me .  REVO do a map for 699 it has  375hp, 360lb/ft  and it will do 0-60 in 3.7 and 0-100 in 9 !   (4.9 and 12.0 standard)
Twelfth Monkey

I think the appeal wanes a little when you actually hear it, from the outside at least.
JohnC

I get my daily treat of several tweaked S3's Golf R's and R32's which all appear to emanate from the Kwik Fit emporium along the road. The S3's definitely have the most farty sound, the Golf R's are OK but nothing you will remember and the R32's sound awesome as do the Red and the blue metallic RS4 estates which I hear about once a week. There is a red RS3 I hear a couple of times a week and that sounds epic. The biggest surprise is my growing appreciation of the sound of a Tanzanite Blue M3 who does a daily blast away from the junction in front of the office: my god does that engine rev up quickly, the only slight annoyance being the (much more subtle than the Golf) pop on upshift. Those that get my attention the most are still the C and E63's and the RS6.

Back to the OP and yes I do see a disproportionate number of S3's, or maybe the cooking A3 is just so anonymous it is invisible.
Racing Teatray

I saw and heard a new M3 saloon Competition Pack (fussy alloys) go past me yesterday in a low gear and it sounded terrible! Just a kind of very loud blare like some kind of horribly over-tuned 4-cylinder. It really sounded chavvy and awful. I was actually quite shocked how unpleasant it sounded given the glorious noises made by its predecessors.

London is full of S3s. There are two Sportbacks and a cabrio on my street alone. The cabrio is actually quite nice-looking in Daytona Grey.
Twelfth Monkey

Racing Teatray wrote:
M3 saloon Competition Pack (fussy alloys) go past me yesterday in a low gear and it sounded terrible! Just a kind of very loud blare like some kind of horribly over-tuned 4-cylinder.


That's how they sound to me.
gooner

An interesting point is the effect on the Golf GTI, I rarely see them these days. When I was looking at the Golf earlier in the summer the dealer said that financing an R isn't much more than a GTI and if economy bothers you, there's the GTD on hand to solve that problem.

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